Forty years ago, I was introduced to the world of musical theater with my first visit to Broadway, where I was lucky enough to see Andrea McArdle play the title role in the original production of Annie. I’ve seen the show countless times since, and am always pleased that audiences are filled with young ones […]
It took Olney Theatre, surprisingly, 80 seasons to get around to Thornton Wilder’s iconic Our Town, and with acclaimed director Aaron Posner at the helm, they tackle the challenge of what this admittedly overproduced and arguably misunderstood play has to say to a contemporary multi-cultural audience, and how best to reach them. Perhaps that challenge […]
In the Heights, now packing them in at Olney Theatre Center, has a visceral and emotional score coupled with a story of finding your home and your heart closer than expected. Behold the power of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s freshman effort – being followed next year by his Hamilton at the Kennedy Center. In the Heights is brought […]
As the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall is one of the most important judges in U.S. history. He remained on the Court from 1967 until 1991. His leadership through the Civil Rights movement is well documented, especially his victory in Brown v. Board of Education, a 1954 decision that ruled that […]
It’s a great time in Washington to re-evaluate through drama the weights and balances of our justice system. Downtown at Arena Stage we’re watching Scalia’s story, penned as The Originalist, which preceded the opening out here at Olney Theatre Center this weekend of Thurgood. It’s hard to believe that for a short time these two […]
My Fair Lady, now at Olney Theatre Center, is yet another classic brought to life by this versatile theatre company. As reimagined by director Alan Souza, the timeline has been moved a few years ahead, from the turn of the century to the beginning of the 1920s- all the more to make this tale of […]
Nevertheless, she persisted. Persisted, pushed back depression and doubt and the burden of care to accept her legacy of genius.
Is it sacrilegious to suggest that Easter was a good day to see The Magic Play, since the story of Easter, if true, is the greatest magic act in human history? I here use magic in its broadest sense: as the phenomena we, in all our well-honed rationality, cannot explain but which is true nonetheless.
Hard-hitting, issue-packed, relevant plays are all the rage right now, but if you are weary of such emotional drain, and would just like some old-fashioned fun, look no further than Olney’s cuter-than-a-kitty and naughtier-than-French-lace-undies production of Fickle. A confection updated to just about perfection.
Witty and perverse, scary and heart-warming, lofty, and yet wholly accessible. Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is one of my favorite musicals. Period.